Summit Express Gondola
You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior's dramatic coastline. This aerial gondola is one of the North Shore's most popular attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior. The gentle ride at treetop level is an experience not to be missed if you're visitng the North Shore, here's why:
It's the only transportation of its kind in the Midwest: ruffed grouse, eagles, pine martin, deer, bear, timber wolves, and moose have all been spotted from the gondola; ride over the cascading Poplar River and up Moose Mountain for unbelieveable views of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.
Stop at the Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains, a beautiful mountaintop chalet welcoming guests for gorgeous views, relaxation, or for lunch, snacks, and beverages. Inside and outside deck seating is available overlooking Lake Superior. The Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains also hosts our Summit Chalet weddings, our premier destination wedding facility.
Enjoy the mountaintop hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and fresh air. The Summit Express Gondola makes Moose Mountain the most accessible year-round mountaintop destination in Mid-America.
2018 Summit Express Gondola Summer Dates & Hours
Saturdays: April 28, May 5, 12
Saturday & Sunday: May 19 & 20
Friday - Monday: May 25 - 28
Open Daily: June 2 - October 21
Saturdays: October 27, November 3, 10
Open 10a - 4p: Apr 28, May 5, Oct 27, Nov 3 & 10
Open 10a - 5p: May 12 - Oct 20*
*September 29 & October 6: 10a-6p
**May 28 & October 21: 10a - 3p
Schedule may vary due to weather.